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Impact of hospital consultants' poor mental health on patient care

Taylor, Cath, Graham, Jill, Potts, Henry, Candy, Jenny, Richards, Michael and Ramirez, Amanda (2007) Impact of hospital consultants' poor mental health on patient care British Journal of Psychiatry, 190 (03). pp. 268-269.

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In a survey of 1794 UK NHS hospital consultants 1308 (73%) responded. Psychiatric morbidity (General Health Questionnaire—12 score ⩾4) was present in 32% of responders, who were twice as likely to report drinking hazardous levels of alcohol, being irritable with patients and colleagues, reducing their standards of care and intending to retire early (all P<0.001). Male and mid-aged consultants were also particularly at risk. Approaches that support consultants to practice medicine safely throughout their careers are required.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Authors :
Graham, Jill
Potts, Henry
Candy, Jenny
Richards, Michael
Ramirez, Amanda
Date : March 2007
DOI : 10.1192/bjp.bp.106.023234
Copyright Disclaimer : © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2007
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 02 Aug 2018 16:00
Last Modified : 02 Aug 2018 16:00

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